Toyotas are well equipped to handle the challenges of winter. With that said, freezing cold temperatures and salt-covered streets can be hard on a new Toyota over time. To find out how you can prepare your Toyota to better handle the stresses of winter, read this article.
Replace Windshield Wipers
Winter windshield wipers are essential in Baltimore, where snow, rain, and ice can quickly obscure a driver’s vision. At the very least, be sure that your windshield wipers have been replaced in the last year before winter hits.
Test the Battery
Technicians at the Toyota dealership will be able to test whether your Toyota’s battery still has the ability to hold a charge. Technicians can also clean your battery terminals to make the battery more reliable for winter driving.
Find a Good Car Wash and Wax
Salty winter streets are harmful to your Toyota, so in winter it’s important to visit a car wash at least once per week. Waxing your Toyota will help protect it from damage, so visit a car detailer or buy a high-quality car wax to apply at home. Be sure that the headlight case and wheels are waxed too.
Inspect the Tires and Brakes
Tires with insufficient traction are dangerous, especially in winter. To improve your traction on snow and ice, invest in a set of snow tires. Have the brakes inspected before winter to ensure your Toyota has optimal stopping power.
Have the Heater and Fluids Checked
The heater and defroster should be thoroughly tested before winter to be sure that your Toyota is safe and comfortable to drive in the cold. The anti-freeze and windshield wiper fluids should also be checked to make sure they’re not dirty or low.
Jerry’s Toyota of Baltimore has helped tens of thousands of Toyotas prepare for winter weather. Our certified Toyota technicians have been trained to inspect and maintain your specific Toyota model for optimal safety and reliability. Make a Toyota service appointment with us by calling (888) 714-6153 or visiting our website.